DLM FOR LINGUISTIC EXCELLENCE
Techniques to improve macro skills of language Though DLM
Among the four macro skills of language learning, listening and reading are receptive skills whereas speaking and writing are the productive skills. These skills can be improved effectively, when the learner learns at his own pace. With the help of the functional tools integrated into the Mentor Console, language skills can be taught, practiced and evaluated through the techniques followed.
Techniques to improve listening
The primary form of linguistic communication is speech and listening is the most important receptive (and learning) skill for foreign language students. An ability to listen and interpret many shades of meaning from what is heard, is a fundamental communicative ability. Teaching listening involves training in some 'enabling skills' — perception of sounds, stress, intonation patterns, accents, attitudes and so on, as well as 'practice' in various styles of listening comprehension.
Perception / Pronunciation
Accurate perception of the sounds of the language is the first stage which leads to interpretation and comprehension. When listening to a foreign language, we need to know the sounds, rhythms, tunes and stress patterns of that language. All the pronunciation work which we do will benefit the students' listening ability.
The sounds of the English language can be written down using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) which is used in all Longman dictionaries. Use of minimal pair perception exercises (ship/sheep, ten /then) helps students learn the sounds of English. It can be well practiced on pronunciation exercises with the help of software or by using CDs in language lab.
Graphical Representation & Voice Recognition Technology
This technology is integrated into the Pronunciation module of the software. Using the built in microphone on your headphone, the learner will be able to repeat words after they hear from a native speaker through computer speakers. The software will analyze their pronunciation and compare a waveform representation of the native speaker’s pronunciation with a waveform of their pronunciation. An accurate graphical representation similarity to the native speaker's output is instantly displayed and the Mentee's output is rated on a scale with appropriate comments ranging from "Poor" to "Excellent".